What is stereotype?

  • (noun): A conventional or formulaic conception or image.
    Example: "Regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Stereotype

A stereotype is a thought that may be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things, but that belief may or may not accurately reflect reality. However, this is only a fundamental psychological definition of a stereotype. Within and across different psychology disciplines, there are different concepts and theories of stereotyping that provide their own expanded definition. Some of these definitions share commonalities, though each one may also harbor unique aspects that may complement or contradict the others.

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Some articles on stereotype:

Stereotype (disambiguation)
... A stereotype is a simplified generalization about members of a group ... Stereotype, stereo type, or stereotypes may also refer to Stereotypical (animal behavior), a non-pathological pattern of animal behavior which displays very low variability ...
Stereotype - Role in Art and Culture
... Stereotypes are common in various cultural media, where they take the form of dramatic stock characters ... Bertold Brecht, Dario Fo, and Jacques Lecoq, who characterize their actors as stereotypes for theatrical effect ... The instantly recognizable nature of stereotypes mean that they are effective in advertising and situation comedy ...
Stereotype (album)
... Stereotype also known as Stereotype Steel Velvet is singer B.Slade's 5th album ... While still using the stage name Tonéx, the artist stated in an interview, that the name Stereotype is a metaphor for the dual nature in humanity (i.e ... A collector's edition of Stereotype was reworked with new tracks and finally released digitally under the B.Slade moniker on New Year's Day 2011 ...
Stereotype (printing)
... In printing, a stereotype, also known as a cliché, stereoplate or simply a stereo, was originally a "solid plate of type-metal, cast from a papier-mâché or plaster mould (ca ... The stereotype radically changed the way novels were reprinted, saving the printer's recompositing expense while freeing the sorts for other jobs ... classic on their hands, Ticknor Fields neglected at this time to invest in stereotype plates, and thus were forced to pay to reset the type for a third time just four ...
Stereotypes Of Jews - Jewish Women - Jewish-American Princess
... The stereotype of the Jewish-American Princess is a pejorative stereotype of a subtype of Jewish-American female ... This stereotype of American Jewish women has been portrayed frequently in contemporary US media since the mid-20th century ... An example of the humorous use of this stereotype appears in the song "Jewish Princess" on the Frank Zappa album Sheik Yerbouti ...

More definitions of "stereotype":

  • (verb): Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype.
    Synonyms: pigeonhole, stamp

Famous quotes containing the word stereotype:

    All official institutions of language are repeating machines: school, sports, advertising, popular songs, news, all continually repeat the same structure, the same meaning, often the same words: the stereotype is a political fact, the major figure of ideology.
    Roland Barthes (1915–1980)

    Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the cliché that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.
    Christopher Lasch (b. 1932)